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Wooly Rupert Posted - 01 Jan 2016 : 22:59:08
I decided that we weren't going to continue using the 2014 reading discussion... So here's a new one for the new year!

(And since this thread has but a few pages, might as well use it for 2017, as well.)

(Only up to 11 pages, so might as well continue for another year.)
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goblins Posted - 12 Apr 2018 : 22:05:01
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by goblins

I listen to fiction on Audible. In that sense, I am ďreadingĒ the Finderís Stone trilogy at the moment, having recently finished The Wyvernís Spur. I should get a start on Song of the Saurials next week after I finish off a Star Wars novel over the weekend (Heir to the Jedi).

I started off 2018 by finishing up the Nentir Vale portion of the Abyssal Plague saga.



I found Heir to the Jedi disappointing, myself. It wasn't bad, it just totally failed to grab me.



It hasnít really grabbed me either (I bought it in October 2016 and this is probably my fourth attempt to get through it) but I am enjoying it. It was actually the controversy over Lukeís portrayal in The Last Jedi that probably made it stick this time. When I was growing up, I found Luke to probably be the least compelling character in Star Wars. I felt the optimism his character embodied seemed more like naivetť (that almost flirted with indifference) than hopeful defiance. Hanís and Leiaís moral complexity seemed far more interesting. Iím now interpreting Luke with a little more nuance, and Iím not sure I would have without the stories coming out regarding tension between Hamillís and Johnsonís visions for the character. Iím a lot more engaged with Lukeís internal monologues in this novel than I would have been otherwise.

As an aside, one thing I still find really strange is how little time Luke spends considering his dead aunt and uncle in contrast with his heartache over the loss of Ben Kenobi. There could be something interesting lurking here regarding latent darkside tendencies (he misses Ben because he was a potential means to an end, while his Uncle stood in the way of his dreams).
Thoth Posted - 12 Apr 2018 : 16:00:44
I'm into the third book of the Malazan Series, Memories of Ice.

The series is getting better with each book.
sleyvas Posted - 12 Apr 2018 : 14:12:15
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

Currently reading The Fairies of Sadieville, the final book in Alex Bledsoe's series about the Tufa, descendants of the Tuatha de Dana living in modern-day Appalachia.



Hmmmm, it sounds kind of American Gods "like", and I must say I really liked that novel because of how much it showed America but with ties to the supernatural (the same reason I still like the Supernatural series despite its "jumping the shark" several times). How well does it seem to make you feel that you're immersed in modern society, but still fey?
ElaineCunningham Posted - 12 Apr 2018 : 12:38:28
Currently reading The Fairies of Sadieville, the final book in Alex Bledsoe's series about the Tufa, descendants of the Tuatha de Dana living in modern-day Appalachia.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 12 Apr 2018 : 03:29:43
quote:
Originally posted by goblins

I listen to fiction on Audible. In that sense, I am ďreadingĒ the Finderís Stone trilogy at the moment, having recently finished The Wyvernís Spur. I should get a start on Song of the Saurials next week after I finish off a Star Wars novel over the weekend (Heir to the Jedi).

I started off 2018 by finishing up the Nentir Vale portion of the Abyssal Plague saga.



I found Heir to the Jedi disappointing, myself. It wasn't bad, it just totally failed to grab me.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 11 Apr 2018 : 23:03:16
Just finished The Thief, and I am currently reading The Lawrence Browne Affair and Called to Darkness (Pathfinder).
goblins Posted - 11 Apr 2018 : 22:07:45
I listen to fiction on Audible. In that sense, I am ďreadingĒ the Finderís Stone trilogy at the moment, having recently finished The Wyvernís Spur. I should get a start on Song of the Saurials next week after I finish off a Star Wars novel over the weekend (Heir to the Jedi).

I started off 2018 by finishing up the Nentir Vale portion of the Abyssal Plague saga.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 10 Apr 2018 : 17:39:10
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert



Now I'm onto The Republic of Thieves, which likely will make the best new reads list -- it's the third book of the trilogy, and the prior ones made the list. I've highly enjoyed the books (the others are The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies; I quite recommend them).



Curious to hear your thoughts on that one. For me it felt flat compared to the previous 2.



I enjoyed it, but after seeing the capers in the first two books, it was disappointing not to have a caper in the third.

On the flipside, though, I did like that we finally got to meet Sabetha -- it bugged me in the first book that she was referenced so many times but never appeared at all. In that first book, she was mentioned enough times that I felt like she was a character in the book -- but her absence made all the references seem somewhat heavy-handed and almost gratuitous.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 10 Apr 2018 : 15:44:00
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert



Now I'm onto The Republic of Thieves, which likely will make the best new reads list -- it's the third book of the trilogy, and the prior ones made the list. I've highly enjoyed the books (the others are The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies; I quite recommend them).



Curious to hear your thoughts on that one. For me it felt flat compared to the previous 2.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 10 Apr 2018 : 15:41:58
Reading Van Richten's Guide to Ghosts.
Elren_Wolfsbane Posted - 08 Apr 2018 : 07:37:37
I'm ready the Shandril's Saga.I'm currently on Crown of fire.

I like it so far! It'll be my first real introduction to Elminster
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Apr 2018 : 04:29:17
quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Now I'm onto Mistborn Era 2, just started Alloy of Law. Interesting start, the whole 300 years later thing is an interesting spin on this world.



I'll prolly be reading those soon, myself.
Taleras Posted - 08 Apr 2018 : 04:18:32
Finished up Mistborn Era 1, then read The Pirate King, which was okay. Entertaining once it got rolling, but the Wulfgar and Icewind Dale bit was kind of weirdly put into the book. Now I'm onto Mistborn Era 2, just started Alloy of Law. Interesting start, the whole 300 years later thing is an interesting spin on this world.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 26 Mar 2018 : 22:13:08
I just finished reading The Art of War by Stephen Coonts. No, it's not a translation of Sun Tzu, though it does quote his book by the same name.

This one was a Tom Clancy-esque thriller about the Chinese attempting to recreate the Pearl Harbor attack, this time with a nuke in Norfolk harbor. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't good enough to make my best new reads list for the year.

Before that, it was a sci-fi book called Impulse. Not great, but enjoyable, and it had some nice variations from typical hard sci-fi -- like the revelation that humans were not native to Earth.

Now I'm onto The Republic of Thieves, which likely will make the best new reads list -- it's the third book of the trilogy, and the prior ones made the list. I've highly enjoyed the books (the others are The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies; I quite recommend them).

Next up will be the sequel to Impulse, Starbound.

After that, I will likely read the Mistborn books, Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning -- I very much enjoyed the prior trilogy, and only held off reading this one because I couldn't find all the books at my local bookstore, and then didn't feel like starting a new trilogy).

Wooly Rupert Posted - 26 Mar 2018 : 21:53:14
quote:
Originally posted by VikingLegion

I recently finished a re-read of Ready Player One in anticipation of the movie coming out later this week. I can't articulate how much I adore this novel. It's more like an experience than reading an actual book. I feel as though Ernest Cline tapped directly into my head (and I imagine many nerds in a particular age range feel the same) to create it. This may sound strange, but it's so amazing I almost resent it, as I wish I was a good enough author to have penned it and am *jealous* that Cline STOLE my story! Ok, that was a weird thing to say. I hope people reading understand I'm jesting, but it's just eerie how accurately this book speaks to me and my group of friends. There is a small number of books I will read a 2nd time, an even smaller subset of those I will check out three or more times. RP1 is one of those books I can see myself revisiting every year or two for decades to come.



That's one of the very few books that the first time I read it, I immediately wanted to re-read it.
VikingLegion Posted - 26 Mar 2018 : 21:43:44
I recently finished a re-read of Ready Player One in anticipation of the movie coming out later this week. I can't articulate how much I adore this novel. It's more like an experience than reading an actual book. I feel as though Ernest Cline tapped directly into my head (and I imagine many nerds in a particular age range feel the same) to create it. This may sound strange, but it's so amazing I almost resent it, as I wish I was a good enough author to have penned it and am *jealous* that Cline STOLE my story! Ok, that was a weird thing to say. I hope people reading understand I'm jesting, but it's just eerie how accurately this book speaks to me and my group of friends. There is a small number of books I will read a 2nd time, an even smaller subset of those I will check out three or more times. RP1 is one of those books I can see myself revisiting every year or two for decades to come.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 10 Mar 2018 : 19:03:03
Just finished First Blood -- the novel that spawned the Rambo franchise. And this was the starting point, not a novelization of the movie.

I really enjoyed it, but the movie went in a very different direction than the book. In the book, a lot of time is spent focused on the simple fact that the whole mess started because the sheriff wouldn't back down from doing what he thought was right to protect his town, and Rambo wouldn't back down because he'd been hassled by enough other small-town sheriffs and was tired of it. With both of them refusing to back down, what could have been a simple matter -- Rambo just trying to hitchhike through the town -- winds up becoming a huge confrontation, with the state police and National Guard getting involved and quite the body count.

And Rambo doesn't emerge quite as unscathed as he did in the movie, either.

I could say more, but even given the age of the book (It's older than I!), I'll still refrain from spoiling too much.
Taleras Posted - 07 Feb 2018 : 22:56:39
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I finished the Mistborn trilogy last night... Wow, what a ride! I heartily recommend those books to any who haven't read them.



I just finished The Final Empire and then decided to take a break with The Orc King. I was thinking of taking a break in between each Mistborn as they were not quite as thrilling as the Stormlight Archive books have been. Although I must say the end ramped up a LOT! I am excited to finish the trilogy.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Feb 2018 : 18:48:09
I finished the Mistborn trilogy last night... Wow, what a ride! I heartily recommend those books to any who haven't read them.

Right now, I'm revisiting Ready Player One. The Rook will likely be next, since that's how I first read those two books. I may or may not follow The Rook with its kinda sequel, Stiletto. I say "kinda" because it builds on the original story, and the main character from The Rook does put in a couple of appearances, but Stiletto has a different cast of main characters. It's an enjoyable story, but The Rook was something very unique -- Stiletto doesn't have that uniqueness, because it's not world-building, it's adding on to it. Plus, in addition to the world-building, The Rook made very clever use of the amnesiac main character trope -- which wouldn't work a second time, for the same setting.

Either way, after these 2 or 3 rereads, I'll go back and pick up something else new to read. I'm not sure what, yet, but my birthday considerably expanded my to-read pile, and some of those new reads have already caused me to buy more books from the Amazon...
Artemas Entreri Posted - 02 Feb 2018 : 12:15:23
Finished Van Richten's Guide to Werebeasts and starting VR's Guide to the Created.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 27 Jan 2018 : 06:03:47
I just now finished The Lies of Locke Lamora, and I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. I've already put the next couple of books on the Amazon wishlist.

I do have a minor quibble about the book, though: the absent character Sabetha. She's mentioned frequently as one of those Father Chains raised to be a Gentleman Bastard, and we know that Locke had his heart very thoroughly broken by her... But she never appears in the book. Even in the flashbacks, she's never onscreen a single time. Her absence is very conspicuous, to me; so noticeable that I find myself wondering why she was mentioned at all if she wasn't going to have an appearance. Even if she had been onscreen in a single flashback, that would have been something...

I've an Amazon order scheduled to arrive tomorrow; among other things, it has the third Mistborn book in it. So that will be the next bit of reading. At the moment, I'm not sure if I'm going to follow that up with the next Locke Lamora book, or if I'm going to grab something out of the pile of new books I got for my birthday, or if I'll revisit an old fave.

Kind of unintentionally, I've gotten into an odd habit where there are certain books I generally read at specific times of the year... I usually reread Ready Player One and The Rook in January, because that was the time I first read them, and I made myself wait a year before re-reading them. So those two books are likely to be read soon.

(The others, for anyone curious: I generally reread the Harry Potter books during the summer, because that was when the new ones would come out, and I would reread all the prior ones when a new one came out. And I tend to read the Lord of the Rings books at the end of the year. I first read them sometime in the spring, but I didn't like them, then. I reread them when the first of the Peter Jackson movies came out, and I loved them, then -- and that was in December. And I try to spread rereads out by about a year.)
Wooly Rupert Posted - 24 Jan 2018 : 03:10:14
I've finished Mistborn and the second book, The Well of Ascension. I need to order the third book from the Amazon and read it... I've also reread Armada recently, and right now, I'm reading The Lies of Locke Lamora -- another first for me.

I was enjoying the book, but after over 200 pages, I was beginning to wonder when we were going to be intro'ed to the main plot. That's finally happened, and it's interesting, but I'm not sure I like waiting that long to really start the story.
Taleras Posted - 17 Jan 2018 : 04:56:25
Just started Mistborn, haven't had much time to get into it yet, but it's starting off pretty promising.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 13 Jan 2018 : 05:12:23
quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I finished rereading all the Arilyn & Danilo books, and decided to take a shot on Mistborn.

I'm not even halfway thru, and I've already added the rest of the books to my Amazon wish list.



I'm almost done with Oathbringer now, and the Mistborn Trilogy is next up on my list. Read Warbreaker and Edgedancer as well. Sanderson has always been on my list, I just wish I had started reading his books sooner!



I expect I'll eventually get to those books... I really enjoyed Mistborn, which was the first thing by him that I had read.

I passed by a couple of signings he did at GenCon, last year... I didn't really know anything about him, but the length of the line waiting for him spoke volumes!
Taleras Posted - 13 Jan 2018 : 04:04:56
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I finished rereading all the Arilyn & Danilo books, and decided to take a shot on Mistborn.

I'm not even halfway thru, and I've already added the rest of the books to my Amazon wish list.



I'm almost done with Oathbringer now, and the Mistborn Trilogy is next up on my list. Read Warbreaker and Edgedancer as well. Sanderson has always been on my list, I just wish I had started reading his books sooner!

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